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Anyone have a positive experience with Craigslist

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This weekend the wife told me that our daughter wanted to start taking piano lessons, which means we should probably buy a piano. After a look through the classifieds, we thought why not check Craigslist. The one hang up I have with Craigslist is all the bad coverage it's gotten for deals gone bad.

 

Bad press #1

 

Bad press #2

 

Bad press #3

 

And those were the first three links after googling "craigslist shooting".

 

I konw the basics, meet in daylight, meet at a crowded location, give the seller/buyer contact information to a friend (or possibly the ad). But does anyone have a positive experience with Craigslist? And it might be difficult to have the seller bring an upright piano to a shopping mall so we can purchase it from them.

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I've sold stuff locally on Craigslist but only to people who attended the same university as me...so I had the security of knowing that they were students who were at least somewhat un-scary. :lol:

 

Everything else I've dealt with on Craigslist has been spam. :P

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I probably get equally positive and negative experiences on Craigslist, but the negative hasn't outweighed the positive enough for me to stop looking.

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I've successfully sold a few items on Craigslist, like a motorcycle and an X-Box so it certainly works, the only thing is when selling there is a lot of spam/fake buyers to sort through.

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I have bought and sold a lot on CL, and have yet to have a bad exp. But, I would say not having a bad exp yet on CL has been lucky!

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I always meet in a public place and bring tools/what's required to test that the product works, or demonstrate if I'm selling.

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I actually just sold something today. I actually let the dude come to my house to try it out, even though I would usually meet them in a public place. It wasn't really the kind of thing you can test in public though, so meh.

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I've had a few positive experiences with Craigslist as a seller. In fact, I just sold the asynchronous 90GB Corsair SSD today to buy a synchronous SSD. I never meet at my house; I always meet in a public place.

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I have sold hundreds of things on Craigslist and while I have had some weird transactions and met some annoying people I have always walked away unharmed and with money. However, the thing that bothers me the most is that when I meet people about 1/3 of the time they try to low ball me on the spot thinking I will drop the price because we are face to face. I post in my adds now that all obo offers have to be prior to meeting or I will not sell the item

 

Also, there was a Craigslist murder about an hour south of where I live a year ago. They were all caught and sentenced to over a hundred years in prison. Doesn't help the family though.

 

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/aug/29/4th-conviction-in-tacoma-in-craigslist-killing/

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